After Months of Deliberation, North Judson Town Council Adopts Animal Ordinance

A matter that has been addressed vehemently in multiple North Judson Town Council meetings over the past five months has been settled, with the Ordinance for the Housing and Maintenance of Animals in the Town of North Judson receiving its final reading at Monday evening’s meeting.

The ordinance was approved on the third reading and adopted with a 3 to 1 vote with Council members Jane-Ellen Felchuck, John Rowe and James Young voting in favor and Council President Wendy Hoppe opposing.

Sarah Burkett, the citizen who obtained more than 300 resident signatures in favor of substituting or amending the ordinance that was in place, asked when the newly adopted ordinance would go into effect.

Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe answered her, saying there is a 30 day period before it will be carried out but after that it will be enforceable. He added that permits will be provided around that time.

In October, Town Attorney Justin Schramm provided a working document of the regulated animal ordinance. That can be viewed here: Ordinance #8 of 2017 

To request to view a full version of the adopted Animal Ordinance, contact the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 310 Lane Street or call 574-896-3340.